A Next Camaro Takes A Step Forward?
Sounds good! At least GM is now publically talking about a new Camaro.
Let's keep our fingers crossed.
By Ed Garsten
General Motors Corp. is working on a new rear-wheel-drive platform that
could be the basis for a vehicle reminiscent of the departed Chevrolet
Camaro and Pontiac Firebird sport coupes.
"We're going to take another look at high performance rear-wheel
drive," GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz said Tuesday at the Society of
Automotive Engineers' 2005 World Congress.
In March, GM suspended plans to bring out a new generation of
rear-wheel-drive vehicles for the North American market, citing
The new platform -- known internally as Zeta -- served as the
underpinnings for the popular Buick Velite concept car that debuted on
the 2004 auto show circuit.
Jim Queen, GM vice president of global engineering, told The Detroit
News in an interview this week that the automaker is now working on a
rear-wheel-drive platform that would be more cost-effective, and could
result in a Camaro-like vehicle.
"There's a Camaro hook in all of us," Queen said. "It may not be a
Camaro, but there's a lot of us inside our company and outside our
company that feel very passionate about it."
Queen said the new platform, or architecture, could be some form of
Zeta or the Sigma rear-wheel-drive architecture used by Cadillac's new
rear-wheel-drive sedans and crossover.
"It's going to be something I sort of call Zeta-light," Lutz said.
The Camaro and its twin, the Pontiac Firebird, were favorites of young
drivers who loved tooling around in a powerful, muscle car at a
But the cars fell from favor in the late 1990s as young consumers
shifted to sport utility vehicles and front-wheel drive passenger cars
and production ended in 2002.